Court up­holds Ir­ish cit­i­zen’s con­vic­tion for at­tempted sup­port to ter­ror­ists

The Baltic Times - - LITHUANIAN NEWS - BNS/TBT Staff

Lithua­nia’s Court of Ap­peals found Ir­ish cit­i­zen Michael Camp­bell guilty of at­tempt­ing to fi­nance and sup­port ter­ror­ist op­er­a­tions and other crimes, how­ever, the Ir­ish­man will not go to prison, as he has al­ready served his sen­tence while in cus­tody. The court set the fi­nal jail term of five years, eight months and 11 days in prison – the ex­act du­ra­tion Camp­bell spent in cus­tody in Lithua­nia.

“The jail term in­cludes Camp­bell’s tem­po­rary de­ten­tion and cus­tody from Jan­uary 22 of 2008 and Oc­to­ber 2 of 2013, there­fore, he is con­sid­ered to have served his sen­tence,” Judge Sva­ju­nas Kni­z­leris said.

Although the con­vict said he had been pro­voked to com­mit the crim­i­nal mis­deeds and that his guilt had not been proven, an ear­lier panel of judges dis­missed the ar­gu­men­ta­tion as un­grounded, based on ev­i­dence and data re­ceived from Ire­land.

Camp­bell was not present in the court­room in Vil­nius, as he left the coun­try im­me­di­ately af­ter the vin­di­ca­tion in 2013.

In 2011, a Vil­nius court sen­tenced him to 12 years in prison for as­sis­tance to a ter­ror­ist group, un­law­ful arms pos­ses­sion and at­tempted smug­gling. The Lithua­nian Court of Ap­peals in 2013 cleared him of all charges, rul­ing that Camp­bell had been pro­voked by in­tel­li­gence agents. The Supreme Court had in­structed the ap­pel­late to re­view the case.

Camp­bell was de­tained in Lithua­nia in Jan­uary of 2008 af­ter pur­chas­ing arms from an un­der­cover se­cret agent.

Gin­taras Stepon­avi­cius of the Lithua­nian Lib­eral Move­ment says that he would not step down as a Lithua­nian par­lia­men­tar­ian de­spite calls from Vik­toras Pranck­i­etis, the speaker of the Seimas, to re­sign amid il­le­gal fund­ing sus­pi­cions.

Stepon­avi­cius said that he should not be iden­ti­fied with a po­lit­i­cal cor­rup­tion case in which Eligi­jus Ma­si­ulis, a for­mer leader of the Lib­eral Move­ment, is sus­pected of tak­ing a bribe from MG Baltic, one of the coun­try’s largest busi­ness groups. In his words, busi­ness peo­ple le­git­i­mately sup­ported his civil projects.

“I to­tally dis­agree with the prose­cu­tors’ in­ter­pre­ta­tions that the civil projects’ ac­tiv­i­ties run counter to law,” he told re­porters af­ter meet­ing with Pranck­i­etis.

The speaker said that the prose­cu­tors’ sus­pi­cions cast a shadow on the Lib­eral Move­ment and the Seimas as a whole.

“Since ar­ti­cles of the Crim­i­nal Code are men­tioned, I called on Stepon­avi­cius to re­sign. What is im­por­tant is not only the rep­u­ta­tion

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